Homophobic abuse against Vox's Carlos Maza doesn't violate our harassment rules — YouTube

Homophobic abuse against Vox's Carlos Maza doesn't violate our harassment rules — YouTube

And during Pride month!

Carlos Maza, a videographer for USA news site Vox, publicly complained about the persistent abuse from a right-wing YouTuber, Steven Crowder.

Interestingly enough, though Maza is a warrior in the fight to censor comedians who are mean to him, he publicly endorsed the assault of right-wing politicians and activists mere weeks ago. He's also the host of his own show, Strikethrough, which is hosted on YouTube as well. Vox Media did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

For some unknown reason, Crowder has something of a Thing with Maza and makes fun of the guy in an adolescent manner reminiscent of high school jocks in the '90s.

"I've been called an anchor baby, a lispy queer, a Mexican, etc".

YouTube clarified that Crowder could retain monetization of his videos as long as he simply deleted a link to T-shirts with objectionable messages.

"Every time he posts a video making fun of me for being gay or Hispanic, I wake up to an avalanche of abuse on every single one of my social media platforms", Maza told Buzzfeed's AM2DM.

This all bubbled to the surface this week when Maza started to fight back.

The replies from YouTube were tweeted directly at Maza and not released as part of a public statement.

'Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don't violate our policies'.

Maza and others are not happy about this, and I deeply sympathize with the man.

"Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status", YouTube said on its blog. But it stopped short of banning that content. It all depends on who is watching. "It's our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence". "By refusing to take a stand on hate speech, they allow the worst of their communities to hide behind cries of "free speech, ' and 'fake news" all while increasingly targeting people with the most offensive and odious harassment". Maza is of Cuban descent. He didn't even lie about him.

"YouTube's response gives a green light for racist and homophobic abuse", Maza said.

YouTube and other online giants also have been accused of employing algorithms that promote the viewing of extreme content because it generates more traffic. YouTube has now targeted not just Crowder, but a range of independent video creators. YouTube, refreshingly, has taken a different tack this year. "And if you're an LGBT employee working at [YouTube], what the f*** are you doing?" Donald Trump and leading Republican senators have expressed concern about the prospect of censorship by sites such as YouTube, and the White House has launched a tool encouraging people to contact the government if they feel they have been banned or suspended from a social media service for political reasons. That's not a precedent I'd like to see set.

On Friday, Maza posted a Twitter thread containing clips of Crowder hurling slurs at Maza like "lispy queer" and screenshots of his fans harassing his mobile phone number.

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